Legal Experts in Schools partners law firms, barrister chambers and in-house legal teams with a local school to provide legal professionals with the opportunity to volunteer in the classroom.

The programme aims to help young people understand the UK legal system, to increase their access to the legal profession and to develop vital employability skills, such as analytical and critical thinking.

Over the course of six, 1-hour sessions legal professionals volunteer with small groups of students, aged 13-15, using specially created resources, to facilitate discussion and debate around engaging topics like the laws surrounding artificial intelligence and social media. By taking part in the programme, not only do young people gain an understanding of the law and how it relates to their lives, but working in small groups with the volunteers raises their aspirations as they learn more about the legal profession and the world of work.

Legal Experts in Schools has been running for over 20 years, giving students rare access to the legal profession and the unique opportunity to learn about the law from the very people who practice it.

  • 98% of young people who took part last year would recommend taking part to another student
  • 100% of last year’s volunteers would recommend taking part to a colleague

A student's perspective

“It’s a very good programme which exposes you to different ways of thinking.” Student, 15, Raines Foundation School

A volunteer's perspective

“I really enjoyed taking part in the programme; I wish there had been a session like this available as part of my school day when I was at school! The topics were varied, engaging and really valuable to the students in the session.” Volunteer, Matrix Chambers

 

Get in touch with Mathilde Fell, our Partnerships Coordinator, if you want to get involved in this impactful programme. Interested in learning more about our one-off legal volunteering opportunity: check out our Legal Workshops

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